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Issue Date: July 29th 2019
Last modified: August 13th 2019
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Geospatial Measurement of SDG 9.1.1: the Rural Access Index

TRL are leading a project, funded by UKAid under the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) programme, to develop a harmonised approach to data collection and measurement of the Rural Access Index (RAI) that is relevant, consistent and sustainable.

SDG: 09 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

TRL are leading a project, funded by UKAid under the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) programme, to develop a harmonised approach to data collection and measurement of the Rural Access Index (RAI) that is relevant, consistent and sustainable. The RAI measures the proportion of the rural population that lives within 2 km of an all-season road, and has been adopted as SDG Indicator 9.1.1.

The objective of the project is to scale up implementation of the RAI across UN member countries. The current Phase 2 of the project includes tasks to refine the measurement framework for the RAI to increase accuracy and take into account all modes of transport, whilst ensuring that data is checked for quality and is easily collectable at country level. The refined process will be trialled in four countries: Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar and Nepal. Through geospatial technology specialists Azavea, the project is also designing a tool to facilitate measurement and publication of the RAI using data and services available on the UN Global Platform.

The results and experiences of this research will be used to finalise the process of measuring the RAI before extending the measurement to a total of 30 countries in Phase 3, including all 17 ReCAP country partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This is expected to advance the status of SDG 9.1.1 to Tier I in the SDG tier classification. This would consolidate SDG 9.1.1 as the only indicator of rural access currently represented in the SDGs and amongst the most important global indicators for measuring accessibility in areas where the majority of the poor live.

ReCAP is undertaking the project on behalf of and in close cooperation with the World Bank, who are custodians of SDG 9.1.1.

Documentation: http://www.research4cap.org/SitePages/RAI.aspx

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SDG: 09 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
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